Shlomo Rechnitz was on his way to visit Israel when the Los Angeles businessman saw that 400 U.S. soldiers in the airport were getting ready to eat dinner from paper bags.
He asked the troop's commander if he could buy all the men dinner, and although the commander refused the offer at first, Rechmitz persisted until he agreed. The soldiers were each treated to a meal at any restaurant they chose for up to $50.
Rechmitz shared his reason for the generous act in a moving speech:
"You guys risk your lives to protect me and protect my family. If I get to go out and see a whole bunch of Army soldiers and Marines, it's something that makes me proud. I'm on my way to Israel now and you guys protect them too, and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart."